L3C – IB Film
27 October 2010
The Legend Hababam Sınıfı
Name a movie that is watched and known and adored by the all of the citizens in its country. Name a movie that has music so good that makes your heart beat faster. Name a movie whose audience reactions are the same even after being watched for thirty years. There can only be one answer: “Hababam Sınıfı”. It was firstly an idea, then a collection of short stories, then a book, then a script, then a play and then a series of movie. It never lost its freshness nor its humor after all these years. But why Hababam Sınıfı, and not other books or movies? Why did it become a well-known movie ...view middle of the document...
Because he wrote about the reality, he goes into jail for six months and he gets prohibited of being a teacher. After twenty five days the book was collected from all of the bookstores in Turkey. But, why was it censored? How the author did brought the reality into sharp relief? In Sınıf, he wrote about his students when he was a teacher for six years in places like Gerede, Akçakoca and Düzce. For instance there was a student who sold lemon in the fishbazaar, another who was a waiter in Tahtakale, and others who were unable to come to school because they did not have a jacket or shoes. (Ilgaz 10) These were the things happening in those times, but government didn’t want this information printed. Addition to that, according to a report in the judicial court about Sınıf, it said : “The author was a sick person in the head who wrote classes not by means of a school class but for the classes in society in book with a red cover which was the colour of Turkey. (13) That’s why they went sending polices after the truthful poets of those chaotic situation in Turkey. By looking at these, we can understand why he wasn’t taken seriously for his truthful book.
Rıfat Ilgaz was a teacher who himself was raised in a boarding school named Kastamonu Muallim Mektebi (Kastamonu Teacher School). Later, he was a teacher in a boarding school. In the 1950s after publishing many books and writing in many magazines, he began writing stories in a magazine called Dolmuş (which is the word for a bus where citizens are carried short distances). This magazine was published by İlhan and Turhan Selçuk (Ilgaz 36). Ilgaz used his experiences and memories when he was a student in Kastamonu Muallim Mektebi, and also he used some of his students’ memories. In the story, the characters were made up of the people of his high school class. He was Güdük Necmi, his teacher Nihat Dicle was Kel Mahmut, Safranbolulu Ahmet was Inek Şaban and the 120-pound Tulum Fehmi was Tulum Hayri (Pulur par.4). While he was writing short stories for Dolmuş every week, when he was writing one of them, among these students named Haydar was visiting him at his home and telling some of his experiences. When that short story was published, he came up to him and got mad at him for changing the names of the people in an event Haydar had told him to write about. Ilgaz answered him calmly: “My dear Haydar, I am not writing your memories, I am just using them.” Haydar’s insecurity wasn’t because Ilgaz wasn’t able to write them truthfully, he thought Ilgaz wasn’t a humourous writer. Nobody new he would write these kind of humourous stories, because he was just known for his poetry in Sınıf (which means class). Every week in Dolmuş, his stories were published but he didn’t use his actual name because he feared imprisonment for criticizing the education system and the teachers in Turkey. He was using pseudonym Stepne which meant spare tire (Ilgaz 36-37). Not long after, the editor of Dolmuş, İlhan Selçuk, told...